Blanket drive warms up the Coffs Coast

AS the winter months begin and we all snuggle into our warm homes, spare a thought for those of us are who aren't so lucky.

Every year, there a number of individuals and families along the Coffs Coast that depend on the generosity of complete strangers to help them stay warm and make it through the winter.

And so, LifeHouse Church are running their annual blanket drive - and are asking anyone who has unwanted blankets to donate them for a good cause.

"It doesn't matter what they look like, as long as they're warm," administration assistant, Natalie Jupp, said.

"A lot of people go home to their warm houses and take it for granted but there are a lot of needy people in the area.

"Not just homeless people, but families that are in dire financial circumstances that need access to affordable blankets and winter clothes, simply to keep warm."

She said since the first cold snap a few months ago, blankets and warm clothing have literally been flying off the shelves.

"We don't have many left," she said.

"People can either drop donations to either LifeHouse Bargain Centre's in Coffs Harbour or Toormina, or if you have a bag of donations, we do have a pick-up service," Ms Jupp said.

Last year alone, LifeHouse Care helped 233 people with electrical bills, 145 people with phone bills, 409 people with practical assistance and assisted 207 people with clothing and furniture.

LifeHouse Bargain Centre Coffs Harbour is located at 63 Harbour Drive, phone 6658 0055. LifeHouse Care Toormina is located at 4 Minorca Place, phone 6658 1899.

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